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Engine Company 9
Copany 9 is the oldest Company in the New York City Fire Department. Engine
9's roots can be traced all the way back to the Colonial days of 1731.
At that time two hand pumpers were imported to New York from London, England.
Before these pumpers arrived, the people had only leather buckets to transport
water onto a fire.
These new pumpers were side stroke, 2 cylinder machines. They were mounted on solid block wheels and were dragged to the fire by the volunteer firemen. The new pumpers were housed in sheds built for them at Wall and Nassau Streets, then the site of City Hall. Engine 1 was named "Hudson Engine", and would stay in existence after the paid Department came into being, as Metropolitan Engine 2. They were disbanded in the 1970's. (Their original Engine is still in existence at the New York State Volunteer Fireman's Home Museum in Hudson N.Y.). Engine 2, named "Chatham Engine", would eventually become the present Engine Company 9. Chatham Engine was moved to the Boston Post Road (now called The Bowery) in 1784, and then to Eldridge and Division Streets in 1832.
There was always a great rivalry between the old "Vollies";
Each Company wanted to be the first to get water on the fire. Any trick
would be used to slow down the other companies including FIST FIGHTS ON
THE WAY TO THE FIRE! Chatham Engine was a bitter rival with Engine 26
and in 1845 both companies were disbanded for fighting. Chatham Engine
was reorganized as "Excelsior Engine 2". They moved into a house
on Henry Street near Catherine Street in 1846. They remained there until
early in 1865 when they moved into a new house built at 55 East Broadway.
By this time the City of New York had grown to more than a million people
and it was decided that a paid Fire Department was needed to replace the
volunteers. On September 29, 1865 Excelsior Engine 2 became Metropolitan
Engine Company 9. Engine 9 remained at their East Broadway quarters for
over 100 years. In 1969 they moved into their present quarters at 77 Canal
Street. Engine 9 shares their quarters with Ladder Company 6 and Satellite-1,
a special apparatus that carries large diameter hose and foam equipment.
prepared by Lt. John Scasny, Engine 9